Table of contents for Knit for the Bears!

  1. Let’s Knit for the Bears!
  2. More Knitting for the Bears
  3. Now Them’s Some Mittens!
  4. Mo’ Mittens
  5. Harlots and Mittens and Bears, Oh My!

On Tuesday, I and several hundred other PDX area knitters spent an enjoyable evening with the Yarn Harlot!

I didn’t win the Oregonian’s contest to tag along when they interviewed her, but I did get an honorable mention

A few people suggested the Oregon Zoo, but Tess Mattos had the best slant on that idea. She’d take Stephanie to see the sun bears. She said, "I’d explain about the bear mitten project and how it all started right here in PDX. Since she’s the originator of the Knitting Olympics — and the Summer Games are being held in China — and the bears are too — it seems like a perfect match to get Stephanie on board with the project!" She also said, "Then I’d ask (Stephanie) to put on all four of the mittens I’ve made so far, and take a picture for my blog."

Ask, and spend a long time waiting in a line, and you shall receive – for Stephanie is an extremely accommodating person, and did not balk.  (She only put on two, though.  When push came to shove, I didn’t dare ask her to put ‘em on her feet too.)

I didn’t get the concept of the bear mitten project across very clearly, though, I’m afraid, so she either thinks I’m a nut or — well, there probably aren’t many alternatives.  (And I’d like to see YOU try to explain about bear mittens in 30 seconds or less.  It’s hard.)

Unfortunately, I found out that Stephanie’s famous Knitting Olympics are strictly a WINTER event, not a summer event, so my idea for an Olympic tie-in isn’t going to fly.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t knit a mitten!  Everything you need to know is right here at Twisted’s site, including a free bear mitten pattern to download in multiple gauges.

And don’t forget, you’ll get a free Polar Bear Pattern of your choice when you send me a picture of your mitten!  (See details at the end of this post, and check out the line of Polar Bear Patterns here.  You know you want one.)

Oh, yeah – since the title of this post is "harlotS" in the plural, I must include this photo of a couple more accommodating knitters I know — thanks guys!  and soon my mittens will be sent off to warm up a sun bear that’s getting a new lease on life.  Oh, my!